Frederick County – Route 723 (Carpers Valley Road) Opequon Creek Bridge
Project at a Glance
Estimated at $1.89 million
Lengths and Limits
About 0.1 mile long, from just south of the Frederick/Clarke County line to just north of the county line.
This project replaces the Route 723 (Carpers Valley Road) Opequon Creek bridge and approaches. The current single-lane bridge was built in 1918 and has reached the end of its service life.
The bridge will be replaced by a new two-lane structure 30 feet 4 inches wide. The length and alignment of the new structure will remain similar to the existing 87-foot long bridge.
This project enhances safety on Route 723 by replacing a deteriorating bridge structure with a new bridge that is able to support modern traffic both in volume and vehicle weights.
In 2016, Route 723 had an average daily traffic count of 1,130 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2036 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 1,300 vehicles per day.
The estimate for the project is $1,888,605, with $385,000 for preliminary engineering, $40,489 for right-of-way and utilities and $1,430,177 for construction.
Project Location (latitude, longitude): 39.120278, -78.103611
Project plan approval - Late 2015
Right of Way - Late 2018
Construction advertisement - Late 2020
Media and Public Events
Design Public Hearing
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 4-6 p.m.
Clarke County Offices
101 Chalmers Court, Suite B
Berryville, VA 22611
Benefits of Project
This project enhances safety on Route 723 by replacing a deteriorating single-lane bridge structure with a new two-lane bridge that is able to support modern traffic both in volume and vehicle weights. If not replaced, the existing bridge will continue to deteriorate and would eventually have to be closed to vehicular traffic.
Motorists should be alert for lane closures and flagging operations. During construction the bridge will be closed for several months. There are two detours under review:
Motorists take Salem Church Road to Senseny Road over Opequon Creek, and then uses Greenwood Road, Sulphur Springs Road, and US Route 17/50. From the bridge on one side to the bridge on the other side, the detour is 11.7 miles and estimated to take 23 minutes to complete.
Motorists take Salem Church Road to Opequon Road over Opequon Creek, then Sulphur Springs Road to US Route 17/50. From the bridge on one side to the bridge on the other side, the detour is 8.9 miles and estimated to take 16 minutes to complete.
Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page: Staunton District
Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT 511Virginia.org website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone. Click here to go to 511: Virginia 511 Web
The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.
State 0723-034-708,P101, R201, M501, B625
Federal BROS-034-8(039), BROS-034-8(040), BROS-034-8(041)